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The only constant in life is change. Organizations are dealing with constantly changing competition, new insights, innovation and even culture. The term "business agility" has taken a huge surge, in order to mitigate risk and focus more on delivering value. Frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, LeSS, and a whole lot more were created to provide ways to deliver this value. To inspire you, Mastering Agility discusses everything related to business agility with the biggest names in the industry.

Mastering Agility Sander Dur

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The only constant in life is change. Organizations are dealing with constantly changing competition, new insights, innovation and even culture. The term "business agility" has taken a huge surge, in order to mitigate risk and focus more on delivering value. Frameworks like Scrum, SAFe, LeSS, and a whole lot more were created to provide ways to deliver this value. To inspire you, Mastering Agility discusses everything related to business agility with the biggest names in the industry.

    S04 E05 Humour in the Workspace with Sanjeev NC

    S04 E05 Humour in the Workspace with Sanjeev NC

    The workplace is often a very serious place to be in. Face all tightened up, shoulders raised, and way too few smiles. Humour can do so much for people’s motivation and general atmosphere. Sanjeev NC creates wonderful content on serious topics and is one of the geniuses behind Supermeme.ai, an AI machine that generates memes on business content. He joins Sander to talk about Humour in the Workspace.

       What you’ll discover in this show:
    –        How Supermeme.ai can help your business
      –        The wonderful videos and other content by Sanjeev
     –        What a smile can do
    Sanjeev NC
    Supermeme.ai - AI memes | Office Meetings TikTok Videos | Product @ SuperOps.ai | Business Humor
    A generalist, by default. I truly believe in the generalist vision and I'm working on building a wide array of skills in the first 10 years of my career.
     
    I started my career in customer support, then transitioned into sales, then moved into marketing, and now a product manager. I started selling when I was in support, started speaking at conferences when I was in sales, and started building products when I was in marketing. The transition was natural.
     
     I want to change the way technology is being supported right now and I believe that I will one day make a team of Customer Experience Engineers whose prime focus would actually be to focus on great customer experience rather than their individual roles (Sales, Pre Sales, Support, Marketing or Success).
     
    Contact Sanjeev:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanjeev-nc/
     
    Sander Dur (host)
    Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”
    Sander Dur is a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org, podcast host of Mastering Agility, Professional Scrum Master, and Lead Agile Consultant and trainer at Xebia. Besides this, he’s an avid writer for predominantly Serious Scrum on Medium.com. Sander has a major passion for the human side in complex domains. Ensuring a high level of psychological safety, therefore, is a critical part of his work. Organizations in complex domains can only survive when innovating. Innovation can only take place with the right balance between low social friction and high intellectual friction. While most organizations now understand how to apply Agile frameworks, they struggle with the delivery of value. Psychological safety is the next step in this evolution and Sander has a huge drive to help organizations reach that step.
     
    Sander is enthusiastic, open-minded, and ambitious. He finds interpersonal relationships and intrinsic motivations very important in team dynamics. Besides his work, Sander loves spending time with his family, enjoys sports, eating healthy, barbecuing, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.
     
      Masteringagility.org
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/
    https://xebia.com/academy/nl/trainers/sander-dur
    https://sander-dur.medium.com/ 
    Additional resources: 
    https://www.supermeme.ai/
    https://www.youtube.com/@SanjeevNC
    Pizzagility events: https://www.meetup.com/nlscrum/
    Discord community: https://discord.gg/6YJamBJxUV
    Support the show

    • 34 min
    S04 E04 Agile Problems with Aina Alive

    S04 E04 Agile Problems with Aina Alive

    Embracing an agile mindset, or implementing business agility in your organization, can be pretty challenging. Sometimes, agile even pose problems. But what are these types of problems? Forbes contributor Aina Alieva joins Sander to discuss her viewpoint on Agile Problems,

      What you’ll discover in this show:
    -        What problems can arise while working with Agile
     -        How imposter syndrome can happen to anyone
     -        Alignment is essential
    Aina Alive
    Agile & Enterprise Coach | Scaled Agile | Forbes Coaches Council | Speaker| Writer | Top 30 Female Entrepreneur 2021 by The NYC
    Aina Alive is an experienced Agile Coach and a Business Consultant currently working for Sun Life (Canada) and a founder and CEO at Bee Agile Tutoring. She is a keynote speaker at PMI/Agile and Leadership Development Conferences and Symposiums. Her book "It Starts with YOU. 40 Letters to my Younger Self on How to Get Going in Your Career" hit the #1 position in the #jobhunting category on Amazon.
     Aina has close to 10 years of experience in transforming businesses, leading change and developing leaders.
    Aina has a vision for a world where leaders and teams are empowered to experiment with and execute new ideas and produce maximum results.

    Contact Aina:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aina-alive/
     
     Sander Dur (host)
    Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”
    Sander Dur is a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org, podcast host of Mastering Agility, Professional Scrum Master, and Lead Agile Consultant and trainer at Xebia. Besides this, he's an avid writer for predominantly Serious Scrum on Medium.com. Sander has a major passion for the human side in complex domains. Ensuring a high level of psychological safety, therefore, is a critical part of his work. Organizations in complex domains can only survive when innovating. Innovation can only take place with the right balance between low social friction and high intellectual friction. While most organizations now understand how to apply Agile frameworks, they struggle with the delivery of value. Psychological safety is the next step in this evolution and Sander has a huge drive to help organizations reach that step.
     
     He gained experience as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Leadership consultant in many different top-tier organizations, including Nike and ASML.
     
     Sander is enthusiastic, open-minded, and ambitious. He finds interpersonal relationships and intrinsic motivations very important in team dynamics. Besides his work, Sander loves spending time with his family, enjoys sports, eating healthy, barbecuing, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.

     Masteringagility.org
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/
    https://xebia.com/academy/nl/trainers/sander-dur
    https://sander-dur.medium.com/ 
    Additional resources: 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-banner-3173229/
    https://www.youtube.com/@beeagilenow
    https://beeagilenow.com/
    Pizzagility events: https://www.meetup.com/nlscrum/ 
    Discord community: https://discord.gg/6YJamBJxUV
    Support the show

    • 54 min
    Psychological Safety with Jeff Bubolz and Jeff Maleski - Mastering Agility X the Agile Wire

    Psychological Safety with Jeff Bubolz and Jeff Maleski - Mastering Agility X the Agile Wire

    This week we have a cross-episode with the guys from the Agile Wire! After some pleasantries, we jump into the topic of psychological safety in the workplace. How important this can be for teams and organizations to enable a level of comfort for actual conflict to emerge. Here in the Midwest sometimes we struggle with giving feedback to each other. Thoughts about enabling the ability to bring your whole self to work.
    Focus on problems and not individuals.
    COIN Feedback model
    ContextObservationImpactsNext stepsLeading by example. Discussing how things are going to be when there is conflict. Structure follows culture – examples of some structures that we’ve seen companies employ in order to facilitate openness and transparency.

    We jump into values and how different teams and organizations that use them. All too often they are meaningless posters set up on a wall, or a conversation in onboarding, and rarely else. Tying back to structures, if we don’t build the systems to highlight and reinforce the values we should expect them to erode over time.
    Bring your whole self to work. It means you’re the same person at home that you are at work. It shouldn’t feel like you’re meeting a whole new person when you engage outside of work. From a business perspective is it valuable to have your employees waste their thinking capital trying to be a different person at work when they could be applying that towards your business goals?
    Managing Projects Doesn’t Have to Be a MessBasecamp helps teams organize projects in a way that makes sense for all. Try Basecamp.Support the show

    • 41 min
    DocDur Agile #5 What to do with backlog spillover and identified improvement items

    DocDur Agile #5 What to do with backlog spillover and identified improvement items

    DocDur Agile is an open office where Agile Practitioners can ask any question they encounter in practice situations and would like to have some advice or a different perspective. Think of it as seeing a regular doctor have a physical check-up.

     If you have questions or requests that you would like the Doc to have a check on, please drop a message on LinkedIn or join the Mastering Agility Discord community!

    Sander Dur (host)

    Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”
    Sander Dur is a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org, podcast host of Mastering Agility, Professional Scrum Master and Lead Agile Consultant, and trainer at Xebia. Besides this, he's an avid writer for predominantly Serious Scrum on Medium.com. Sander has a major passion for the human side in complex domains. Ensuring a high level of psychological safety, therefore, is a critical part of his work. Organizations in complex domains can only survive when innovating. Innovation can only take place with the right balance between low social friction and high intellectual friction. While most organizations now understand how to apply Agile frameworks, they struggle with the delivery of value. Psychological safety is the next step in this evolution and Sander has a huge drive to help organizations reach that step.
     
     He gained experience as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Leadership consultant in many different top-tier organizations, including Nike and ASML.
     
      Sander is enthusiastic, open-minded, and ambitious. He finds interpersonal relationships and intrinsic motivations very important in team dynamics. Besides his work, Sander loves to spend time with his family, enjoys sports and eating healthy, barbecuing, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.
     
     Let’s connect! Sander is always up for new connections and discussions!
     
    Masteringagility.org
    https://xebia.com/academy/nl/trainers/sander-dur
    https://sander-dur.medium.com/ 
    Additional resources: 
    Discord community: https://discord.gg/v9dySNdK
    Support the show

    • 15 min
    DocDur Agile #4 Demonstrating Performance as a Scrum Master

    DocDur Agile #4 Demonstrating Performance as a Scrum Master

    DocDur Agile is an open office where Agile Practitioners can ask any question they encounter in practice situations and would like to have some advice or a different perspective. Think of it as seeing a regular doctor have a physical check-up.

     If you have questions or requests that you would like the Doc to have a check on, please drop a message on LinkedIn or join the Mastering Agility Discord community!

    Sander Dur (host)

    Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”
    Sander Dur is a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org, podcast host of Mastering Agility, Professional Scrum Master and Lead Agile Consultant, and trainer at Xebia. Besides this, he's an avid writer for predominantly Serious Scrum on Medium.com. Sander has a major passion for the human side in complex domains. Ensuring a high level of psychological safety, therefore, is a critical part of his work. Organizations in complex domains can only survive when innovating. Innovation can only take place with the right balance between low social friction and high intellectual friction. While most organizations now understand how to apply Agile frameworks, they struggle with the delivery of value. Psychological safety is the next step in this evolution and Sander has a huge drive to help organizations reach that step.
     
     He gained experience as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach, and Leadership consultant in many different top-tier organizations, including Nike and ASML.
     
      Sander is enthusiastic, open-minded, and ambitious. He finds interpersonal relationships and intrinsic motivations very important in team dynamics. Besides his work, Sander loves to spend time with his family, enjoys sports and eating healthy, barbecuing, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.
     
     Let’s connect! Sander is always up for new connections and discussions!
     
    Masteringagility.org
    https://xebia.com/academy/nl/trainers/sander-dur
    https://sander-dur.medium.com/ 
    Additional resources: 
    Discord community: https://discord.gg/6YJamBJxUV
    Support the show

    • 11 min
    S04 E03 Missing Skills within the Scrum Team

    S04 E03 Missing Skills within the Scrum Team

    Scrum Teams are cross-functional. This is often perceived as “you should be able to do all the work of the others in the team”. Can you imagine how tough that must be? Luckily for us, this is a common misconception. But what DOES it mean? And what skills are Scrum Teams lacking? Daria Bagina is joining Sander to discuss her viewpoints. 
      What you’ll discover in this show:
    -        What cross-functionality means
     -        What part do Scrum Masters play in the cross-functionality of the Scrum Team
     -        How to resolve the lack of certain skills
     Speakers:
     Daria Bagina
     PST, Author, Mentor
    Helping teams and organizations get the most out of Agile since 2014. My passion is in teaching, coaching, mentoring, and facilitating. Contact me if your company is looking for an experienced agile practitioner to help them with their transformation.
     
     My goal as a Scrum Master is to help teams succeed and to create an encouraging motivating organizational culture.
    I have extensive experience working with a variety of teams and individuals always looking for the best way to approach new problems.
     I'm a passionate Agile advocate. I believe old ways of working can no longer support emerging businesses and the only way to build products that will elevate the economy is through a new mindset of work.
    Contact Daria:
     https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariabagina/
     
     Sander Dur (host)
    Scrum Master, Agile Coach, trainer, and podcast host for ‘Mastering Agility”
    Sander Dur is a Professional Scrum Trainer at Scrum.org, podcast host of Mastering Agility, Professional Scrum Master and Lead Agile Consultant, and trainer at Xebia. Besides this, he's an avid writer for predominantly Serious Scrum on Medium.com. Sander has a major passion for the human side in complex domains. Ensuring a high level of psychological safety, therefore, is a critical part of his work. Organizations in complex domains can only survive when innovating. Innovation can only take place with the right balance between low social friction and high intellectual friction. While most organizations now understand how to apply Agile frameworks, they struggle with the delivery of value. Psychological safety is the next step in this evolution and Sander has a huge drive to help organizations reach that step.
      
      Sander is enthusiastic, open-minded, and ambitious. He finds interpersonal relationships and intrinsic motivations very important in team dynamics. Besides his work, Sander loves to spend time with his family, enjoys sports and eating healthy, barbecuing, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.
     
     Let’s connect! Sander is always up for new connections and discussions!
     
    Masteringagility.org
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanderdur/
    https://xebia.com/academy/nl/trainers/sander-dur
    https://sander-dur.medium.com/ 
    Additional resources: 
    www.scrummastered.com
    https://www.youtube.com/c/ScrumMastered
    Pizzagility events: https://www.meetup.com/nlscrum/
    Discord community: https://discord.gg/6YJamBJxUV
    Managing Projects Doesn’t Have to Be a MessBasecamp helps teams organize projects in a way that makes sense for all. Try Basecamp.Support the show

    • 44 min

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